The Mennonite Blog, July 25, 2016

Ben Wideman is the campus pastor for 3rd Way Collective at Penn State University and a regular blogger for  

On the Monday after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, the Penn State community gathered to remember the victims of the mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with those who felt the pain of this tragedy.

I found myself deeply moved by the experience. I was touched by the Muslim students who opened the time by condemning the violence and reminding those gathered that Islam speaks for peace. I was moved by the endless stream of administrators vowing to work to continue to make Penn State a safer place that rejects homophobia, racism, islamophobia and gun violence. I felt the weight of the names as each victim was remembered by the reading of their name and a bell ringing out in their honor.


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